This cruise began our month long stay in VietNam. Our drum welcome was terrific and the staff could not have been friendlier. The food was delicious and we thought there was plenty of variety [only of course if you're a fussy eater!]. Tuan, our English Speaking Guide, was a real champion with his witty explanations and jokes. He was so open and honest about his life back home with his wife and sons. Hoped they loved the stickers and lollies, Tuan. He really tried his best, as did all the staff, to make sure we were comfortable and enjoying ourselves. AND, I loved the Tai Chi with our Master on the top deck in the early morning!!!
As we had already done a cruise on Halong Bay with our teenage children in 2007, we decided on the one night/two day option. For us, the trip didn't feel the same; we had had a private boat which took us to quiet places without the tourists. This trip took us to Luan Cave, Titop Island and Sung Sot Cave which we had to share with 'thousands' of pushy loud Chinese tourists. Not the fault of the staff but it does put a dampener on a beautiful trip. Also, we were stunned to see such a beautiful boat painted WHITE. Two versions of why the boats are painted white; because of a boating accident a few years ago and white boats are easier to find in the water and the other reason is because a government official thought that white boats would be more attractive and aesthetically pleasing like the boats in Greece. This ruling about white boats into affect in May 2012.
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